England’s Steven Gerrard in great shape ahead of San Marino clash
England captain Steven Gerrard says he is ready to help fire the Three Lions to three points after putting his injury woes behind him
Steven Gerrard says he feels in great shape ahead of England’s 2014 World Cup qualifier against San Marino on Friday night.
The 32-year-old has rediscovered his best Liverpool form this season, scoring an impressive eight goals and producing nine assists in the Premier League.
Gerrard has struggled with a series of groin injuries throughout his career, but the England captain is confident he has finally conquered those problems after starting every Premier League game this term.
“Ninety per cent of the players I play with at Liverpool and England have a very similar programme to myself,” said Gerrard.
“Mine is certainly working at the moment and I’m feeling really good.
“Every player wants to play without niggles. That is how you can perform as high as you can.
“That’s where I feel I am at the moment and I’m really pleased with my body.
“I had a frustrating period with my groins at one stage in which I missed a year’s football – but I’m certainly making up for that now.”
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand controversially withdrew from Roy Hodgson’s squad due to a conflict with his strict training regime which he must follow to temper a long-standing back problem.
Gerrard refused to criticise Ferdinand for making himself unavailable, but the talismanic midfielder admitted the centre-half would be missed for the qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro.
“I don’t think it’s for me to comment. That’s something for the manager to deal with to be honest,” he added.
“I just look at the players in the squad and worry about them players really.
“Of course it’s disappointing Rio’s not here, because he’s a fantastic player and he’s in top form, and it would’ve been nice for him to be here, but he’s not, we move on without him and training’s been really good.”